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Stories & More for Preschoolers: Thursdays @ 11:00 am

We’re pleased to announce the return of our weekly gatherings for preschool children and their caregivers. Program Coordinator Maryellen Paull will lead a lively and interactive hour of stories, songs, crafts and other learning activities. These weekly sessions are a great way to help promote early literacy, and allow families to explore all the library has to offer. Programs will take place each Thursday morning at 11:00 am.  Stories will be shared outdoors when weather allows, with craft activities taking place in our Program Room. For all indoor activities, participants will be asked to wear face masks, and observe social distancing. If you have questions, please contact us.

Family Fun Days: Saturdays @ 1:00 pm

Holiday Craft Workshop: December 11

Maryellen Paull will help young crafters make gingerbread houses from brown paper bags, for use as holiday ornaments or a gift bags. All ages welcome, and all materials provided.

Movie Matinee: December 18

This month’s feature is Arthur Christmas, a 2011 animated family comedy. On Christmas night at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission.  The film is rated PG. Popcorn provided.

Mae Stier – Letters to Lake Michigan: December 14

Join us for a reading by poet and photographer Mae Stier on Tuesday, December 14 at 7:00 pm. Mae’s work is currently featured in our Program Room through the holidays. Mae is a writer and photographer living on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary land of the Anishinaabek people, in what is now known as northern Michigan. She graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BFA in Creative Writing. She writes poetry and creative non-fiction, and in 2018 began a project called “Letters to Lake Michigan” inspired by her love of the Great Lake. Poems are available through her website, along with her book, Lake Letters. Her poetry and essays have been featured in a number of local publications in the Midwest. Also featured in the current exhibit are works by Bizzy Feekes, an artist, seminary student, and a writer. She is a member the Winnebago tribe and the Ho-Chunk people – the People of the Big Voice. Bizzy will join us for the reading on December 14.

Leelanau County Poor Farm Barn: Coming soon

The Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society will relate the history of the iconic Poor Farm, located just west of Maple City. The farm was established by Leelanau County in 1908, as a means of providing housing and meaningful employment to impoverished area residents. After the farm ceased operations, the property fell into disrepair, with only the barn remaining in place. LCHPS members Laurel Jeris, Barbara Siepker and Steve Stier will describe the successful efforts to preserve and rehabilitate this historic structure, and promote greater understanding of the farm’s history. Their presentation will take place in our Program Room at 7:00 pm. Note: This presentation was originally scheduled for November 30, but has been postponed until further notice.

The Farrants of Glen Haven & Empire: Coming Soon

This presentation by the authors of The Farrants of Glen Haven and Empire: A Story Restored will shine a lens on life and times in the Leelanau peninsula, 1860s -1930s.  Early French-Canadian immigrants, the Farrant family homesteaded and farmed, managed the Sleeping Bear Inn, and went on to include lumbermen, schoolteachers, newspaper correspondents, township justices and treasurers, and more.  The story is told by author Mae Keller with Kay Bond, both Farrant descendants, and with Andrew White, a historian of the Leelanau peninsula. Note: Their presentation was originally scheduled for December 7, but will be held at a later date.

Living Nations, Living Words: Remembering Chiaboos   

This poetry reading exploring Native and Hungarian perspectives was canceled until further notice. For information about the poets, see their websites: Dr. Gordon Henry , Kimberly Blaeser  and Gabor Gyukics. For more information about Native Nations poets, visit Living Nations, Living Words.

Virtual Programs, Winter-Spring 2021: Resources

Tech Tips, with Steve Stanton

How to Get the Most out of Zoom and  How to Get the Most out of your iPhone or iPad.

Dinner with Friends, Abra Berens & special guests

Evan Hanczor, Table of Contents: Changua

Shauna Sever, Midwest Made: Big, Bold Baking from the Heartland: Nebraskan Runzas & Cassata Cake

Abra Berens, Ruffage: Featured recipes. For recordings of Abra’s programs, click here.

Evergreen Organics Michigan: Hemp Horizons

Zoom presentation; websites & reading list.

Michigan Notable Books

Every year, the Library of Michigan selects up to twenty of the most notable books, either written by a Michigan resident or about Michigan or the Great Lakes. Each selected title speaks to our state’s rich cultural, historical, and literary heritage and proves without a doubt that some of the greatest stories are found in the Great Lakes State. For more information about Michigan Notable Books, including interviews with Notable authors, click here.  You can also search our catalog for a listing of Michigan Notables.